Don’t Be Afraid Of The Strays

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Strays

My friend Sarah has a hand-hewn picnic table in her backyard. In three years, more than 2,000 people have found sanctuary there at potlucks and parties, weddings and wakes. Living in a new city was challenging. Though she found a local church to attend, she still felt alone. So her dad built the table, and she sent out an invitation to the people in her neighborhood. Soon, her Neighbor’s Table had become more than a place for meals—it had become her own love mission, and Sarah had become... Read More
Thank You, Orange Leader

Thank You, Orange Leader

Dear Orange Leader, What time is it where you are reading this? 11 p.m.? 6 a.m.? 3:30 p.m. on a Saturday? Whatever time it is, you’re likely reading this letter in between emails to parents, volunteers or staff. Maybe you’re reading it at the end of the night after you’ve edited curriculum, or first thing in the morning before your co-workers begin vying for your time. Whatever time it is, wherever you are and whatever kingdom-representative, very important thing you just... Read More
WIN OC16 TICKETS: Tell Us About Your Week

WIN OC16 TICKETS: Tell Us About Your Week

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin We’d also like to add “Mondays” to this list. They are inevitable, and for many people, quite daunting. As church leaders, we are so often focused on Sundays that we forget most people are working for the weekend. The rough stuff happens when they aren’t with us. The rest of the week is where their faith is tested, the kids are disobedient, and the number of errands outweighs the hours. So what if... Read More
The Power Of A Bigger Story

The Power Of A Bigger Story

Nehemiah was convinced that the generations of God-followers around him needed to experience something that would move their faith beyond its present condition. Think about what happened. Everyone in the community experienced the wall at some level. The text implies that assignments were made to families and tribes. Remember the people of God were “in disgrace,” suffering from the loss of their reputation and respect. The context of the story created a backdrop for all of the... Read More
VBS: More than Event Planning, Make it Intentional

VBS: More than Event Planning, Make it Intentional

by Rebekah Bullard A few months ago, in a conversation with another ministry leader, I asked, “How does your church do VBS?” Her response caught me off guard. She said, “We don’t. I am not as brave as you.” I was taken back because, in my experience, VBS was seen as a non-negotiable staple in our calendar planning. As I replayed this interaction in my mind, I put on my critical thinking hat to empathize with her thought process. There are many reasons why she may have responded this way: Time... Read More